Ham & Swiss Biscuit Swirls
MURDER! I'm a little bit obsessed with crime dramas, particularly shows and books that revolve around murder. I could never dream of being a murderer. I wear vinyl gloves just so I can touch raw chicken and I wear rubber gloves to wash dishes. Don't even get me started on how I react to little kids and their snot bubbles or how I'll chase children around the room to wash their hands after they have eaten. So, in the heat of the moment murdering is not an option and I am not methodical enough like Dexter to come fully prepared for the party. Knowing myself, I would forget the rubber gloves and have to feverishly apologize to my victim for wasting both of our times. It's less of a hassle to pick up a book or watch the shows.
Murder She Wrote was one of my favorite tv shows when I was a kid. Not exactly a show that held up the test of time. I tried watching the series on Netflix, it was hard to get through any of the episodes. Sorry Angela Lansbury.
Agatha Christy novels were at the top of my reading list too. Pretty much the only books I read revolve around murder and intrigue. My all time favorite crime book, The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen. I read just about all the Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles books. Even watched the TNT version of the show. The Bone Garden was loosely part of the Rizzoli & Isles series and is rich with historical details that really painted a picture of life in the 1830's. Not really a swell time to be alive.
Last year the History channel debuted a show that tried to prove Jack the Ripper was actually HH Holmes, the first documented serial killer in America. If you don't already know about HH. Holmes, google it. He built a murder castle in Chicago in 1886. He killed so many people. I was obsessed with this show and 100% believe Jack the Ripper and HH. Holmes was the same man. Watch American Ripper on the History channel. So Good!
Maybe one day I will write my own crime novel about a murder on a catering job and call it, 86ed. This is restaurant lingo for "we're out of something" or "cancel the order." In this case it will mean "death." (Insert the diabolical evil laugh here.)
What does all this have to do with Ham & Biscuit Swirls? Other than these swirls are so good you will murder every last bite!
Ham & Swiss Biscuit Swirls:
4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of kosher salt
4 tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 sticks of unsalted butter, cold and cut into 16 pieces
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk, cold
1/2 to 3/4 pound of deli ham
6-8 slices of swiss cheese
1 bunch of scallions, diced
Honey mustard, for drizzling
Honey, for drizzling
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Drop the butter pieces on top of the flour.
Turn the mixer on low for about 1 minute. The butter chunks should be the size of lima beans when time is up.
Pour in the buttermilk and turn the mixer on for no more than 30 seconds. Once the dough starts to come together, stop the mixer. You will see some dry granules on the bottom of the bowl. That's ok.
Dump the dough onto a clean surface and fold the dough once or twice to absorb all the leftover granules. Then roll or pat out the dough to about a 11 x 15 inch rectangle.
Lay the ham, swiss and scallions across the top of the dough
Start with the long side closest to you and start rolling. The dough may stick a bit on the surface. Use a bench scraper or spatula to scrape the surface as you roll.
Cut the swirls into 8 pieces.
Place thr rolls, cut side down, into an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the biscuits are light brown and the bottoms are fabulously caramelized.
For four of the rolls, I topped them with a drizzle of honey mustard and quick pickles.
The other four I drizzled honey over the tops.
I loved them both!!